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Considering eBike for my wife
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I'm strongly considering an eBike for my wife. The main reason is because she would be allowed by law to use it in bike lanes and paths. This would present her with a much safer way of commuting…Continue

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Brian Marquis replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"My brother purchased an eBike - a Sondors. It was fascinating to ride. It would assist up to 20mph. Above that, it provided no assistance at all, creating a very effective governor. I opted not to buy her an eBike as she was in too much pain to…"
Monday
yaco boobies replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Did not realise that there was an age restriction of 16. I wonder why they did that as an e-bike with a 20 mph limit is classified as a bicycle and no plates/license requirement. I could see if plates/license were required how that would eliminate…"
Monday
Paul Lazzaro replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Brian - any update?  Has she gotten an ebike?  If so, how does she like it?"
Monday
Tom A.K. replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/890/article/p2p-93941640/ Recent article and info from the weekend Midwest E-bike Expo in Lincolnwood."
Sunday
Brian Marquis replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"EBikes are legal to ride in bike lanes and on Chicago's Lake Front Trail. Because they are limited to a top speed of 20 mph and have operable pedals they are treated like bicycles according to Illinois state law. Two wheeled vehicles which…"
Apr 30
Jim Reho replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Very thoughtful post!"
Apr 30
yaco boobies replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Your correct. The problem is really that once you allow e-bikes you allow for people to really behave badly. To pedal fast you have built up skills to handle that bicycle. Anybody can jump on a motorized bike. I own an e-bike. I bought it for my now…"
Apr 29
Anne Alt replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"The freakishly rare part was referring to very serious injuries. I see plenty of minor crashes and near misses. Yasmeen  - Sorry to hear about the nerve damage from your crash. Yours and all the other crashes are good reasons to slow down when…"
Apr 26
Jim Reho replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Very nice, though."
Apr 25
Tom A.K. replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"http://www.eprodigybikes.com/products.aspx e prodigy Logan $2,599, and $$ for a second battery pack. Three grand plus. . ."
Apr 25
Jim Reho replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Three grand?  I have to admit I was looking at e-bikes on CL and I just saw some near Milwaukee, Trex FX+ e-bikes, used for a really low price.  Probably showroom or demo models.  I was tempted.  I'm saving an old Trek…"
Apr 25
Brian Marquis replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"I'm sorry to hear that you were injured. Unfortunately we don't have eyes in the back of our head. It is the responsibility of the approaching rider to do so safely. I'm certain you were not behaving in a fashion that was entirely…"
Apr 25
Yasmeen replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Unfortunately, there are crashes on LFP and they are a lot more common than you think. It's a congested path only made worse when bikes speed through the busiest sections. Back in the 90s, I got hit from behind by a cyclist who was speeding…"
Apr 25
Anne Alt replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"FYI - There have been some bike-on-bike crashes on the lakefront trail that involved serious injury. It's not common, but it happens. Occasionally there are other types of crashes, like a person getting launched by a dog leash stretched across…"
Apr 25
Brian Marquis replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"I am a Roadie myself. I train hard for several charity endurance rides each year, helping to raise funds for causes like Parkinson's or cancer research. I routinely commute to work at 20mph down the LFP in the morning. I also have brakes and…"
Apr 25
Tom A.K. replied to Brian Marquis's discussion Considering eBike for my wife
"Ah, yup Jim, I watched the video but then I ff>> thru it, it's kinda long and boring and lonely there. it sure ain't like Milwaukee Avenue during rush. The only other cyclist I see in the beginning, he was going ~ 26mph when he…"
Apr 24

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What I ride:
Road
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Distance, Social
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Need registration for Apple Cider Century
My first bike:
Raleigh Ravenio

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